Susan K. Schulman MD Author of "Understanding Your Child's Health" talks about the dangerous condition known as Mastitis in breastfeeding mothers.
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Interviewer: Sometimes the breasts are hard and they use term mastitis, what is that? Dr. Susan Schulman: Mastitis is when an engorged breast becomes infected when one of the ducts doesn’t empty completely and the germs from the skin get in and cause an actual infection. This is a serious illness, is a scary illness that needs to be treated with antibiotics mostly at time. So if the breast becomes hard and hot and tender in one area that’s a case of mastitis and it’s almost emergency. Interviewer: That would be her pediatrician or obstetrician? Dr. Susan Schulman: Her own doctor. Interviewer: Her own obstetrician is that correct? Dr. Susan Schulman: Yes.